One of Georgia’s top uncommitted prospects could be closing in on a final three relatively soon — and Auburn will likely make the cut.
Elysee Mbem-Bosse, a 3-star linebacker from Cedar Grove, released his top five last month, and that list also included N.C. State, Wake Forest, USC and Michigan.
When Mbem-Bosse narrows down his list yet again, it would appear that Auburn is in good shape.
“They have a great program,” Mbem-Bosse told the AJC’s SECCountry.com. “I have a great relationship with the coaches and the players, and they have one of the best defensive coordinators in the country.”
That would be Will Muschamp, whom Mbem-Bosse concedes he’s built the most rapport throughout his recruitment. Mbem-Bosse unofficially visited Auburn three times during the summer after receiving an offer in March.
“Coach Muschamp knows how to get his guys in position to make plays,” Mbem-Bosse said. “Now, whether they make the plays, that’s up to them. But he gets you in the right position.”
The 6-foot-3, 232-pounder, who plays primarily inside linebacker, says the Tigers have discussed using him as a nickel or on the outside.
But Mbem-Bosse feels he’s best-suited playing inside-out.
“I prefer to play in the middle,” Mbem-Bosse said. “I like to use my hands and get sideline-to-sideline. They can use me as an advantage with my speed.”
In recent weeks, Auburn has struggled mightily on defense. On Saturday, the Muschamp-coached unit was gutted by LSU’s Leonard Fournette for 228 rushing yards and three touchdowns.
When asked about the program’s slow start, Mbem-Bosse said it’ll have no negative effect on his decision. In fact, it’s been the opposite.
“They have a defensive end that’s injured that’s trying to get back on the field,” Mbem-Bosse said. “But just because something is going on with the team, that won’t affect my decision of whether I’ll go to Auburn or not. It’ll just make a bigger impact if it comes down to helping the team.”
Mbem-Bosse, who has scheduled an official visit to N.C. State in two weeks, says he’ll likely take an official to Auburn, too, but he’s unsure when.
Mbem-Bosse is ranked as the No. 34 player in Georgia.